SAS Day connects students in high demand with employers

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SAS Day connects students in high demand with employers Seventh annual event allows Kennesaw State…

Georgia (Apr 24, 2014)SAS Day connects students in high demand with employers

Seventh annual event allows Kennesaw State students to highlight their academic research with job recruiters

KENNESAW, Ga. (April 24, 2014) — In response to the increasing demand for “big data” talent in the workforce, Kennesaw State University will host a “reverse” job fair for students studying applied analytics. This event allows KSU students a chance to highlight their SAS (Statistical Analysis System) research and network with approximately 50 employers in attendance. It’s often called a “reverse job fair” because students well versed in SAS software are in high demand and difficult for companies to recruit. These students have a 100 percent job placement rate upon graduation.

About SAS:

SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions, SAS helps customers at more than 70,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. SAS software is used by about 79 percent of Fortune 500 companies.

More about SAS Day:

Big data has created an unprecedented demand for analytics talent in the workforce that outpaces qualified applicants. Kennesaw State is the leading university in Georgia training students to help fill this skills gap. Applied analytics students will highlight their research on SAS Day and network with employers.

See more on why companies are attracted to these students

In addition to students, this event features the following speakers:

Bill Franks, chief data officer of Teradata, will lead a discussion called “Putting Big Data to Work.” He’ll address technological, organizational and cultural points that must be considered for big data initiatives.

Chris McLatcher of North Highland Consulting will lead a talk called “Social Insights” and share how his organization uses analytics and experience to help clients build a strategic advantage much different from the past.

Kevin Duck of CarMax shares “Managing Portfolio Losses During the Great Recession.” He’ll provide an auto lender’s view on why accurately forecasting losses is so critical and how this information drives credit organization strategy.

A panel will discuss educating the next generation of data scientists. The panel includes Elliott Bendoly of Emory University, Satish Nargundkar of Georgia State University, Jennifer Priestley of Kennesaw State University and Joel Sokol of Georgia Tech University.


Friday, May 2, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Carmichael Student Center, University Rooms

Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144



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